Arabian Business Power 500 2013
Thu 21 Mar 2013 10:28 AM
Gamal Eid

Gamal Eid

Industry: Culture & Society

Designation: Human Rights Lawyer

Country: Egypt

Gamal Eid was imprisoned on four separate occasions during
the reign of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. He is a founding member
of the reformist movement, Kifaya, and a secularist leader of the country’s
protest movement.

Eid is also founder and executive director of the Arabic
Network for Human Rights Information, the Arab world’s leading organisation
providing original research, legal aid, and technical, networking, and
strategic support for the defense of freedom of opinion, expression, and

A graduate of Ain
Shams University College of Law, Eid has been lead defense lawyer in many of
Egypt’s most important human rights cases, and writes and speaks regularly on
international human rights and freedom of expression developments.

He is also an experienced trainer on human rights research,
monitoring, and legal aid, and issues relating to the use of the internet in
defense of human rights. Among the prominent activists that Eid has defended is
the blogger Asmaa Mahfouz.

Most recently he has been a vocal opponent of President
Mursi’s use of the police to put down protests in Egypt.